Phalaenopsis Orchid Leaves: Different Lengths-Different Species?

Question of the Week:

“Hello Ryan. I just paid for this awesome Phalaenopsis Master Class and am loving it!

My question:

I just got another Phalaenopsis but it has longer and pointier leaves. My other three that I have have shorter leaves and rounder on the tips. Does this mean that I have two different types of Phalaenopsis Orchids? Are there different plants in the Phalaenopsis? I know that there is a Dendrodium, but, well, I am just so confused.

Plus, this plant that I just got, with the longer pointier leaves, is apparently a white Phalaenopsis, but has been given some special treatment to make them a gorgeous blue color. This plant was also given to me as a gift, so I found all this out after my grand daughter (who gave it to me) left and I was reading the card that came with it.

Thank you in advance for your help in all my problems that may seem silly to you, but not to me. I’m an Orchid Dummy and am depending on you for all my answers. Again, thank you so much.”

Cordova, Alaska

Ryan’s Recommendation:

Hi Denice,

Thank you for becoming a student in the master class! We love educating people about orchids and we especially love hearing about students’ experiences with our favorite plants. And obviously, we welcome questions too. So let’s dig in to your question about Phalaneopsis leaves and learn more about them. Green Thumb Club Members Only
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